Donald L. North

CLINTON — Donald L. North, 93, of Clinton, passed away surrounded by family at 2 p.m. on April 3, 2018, at Advocate BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal.

Donald was born on April 21, 1924, in Clinton, the son of Erva C. and Dorothy (West) North.  He married Connie (Suedmeier) North on July 22, 1944. In Hollywood, Calif.  She passed away in 1976.

Survivors include his son, John W. (Lynn) North, Edwardsville, Ill.; daughter, Julie E. North, Clinton; grandchildren, Robb (Becky) Walters and Wendy (Brian) Walters DeMent, Clinton; Ryan (Tina) North, Minneapolis, Minn., and Erin (Dave) Schiek, St. Louis, Mo.; great-grandchildren, Rachel, Matthew, Jadon and Rebekah DeMent, Zander North, Emerson and William Schiek; brothers, William and James (Martha) North, Clinton, and son-in-law, Robert Walters, Weldon.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Marsha North Walters, sister-in-law Glenda North, two granddaughters Carrie Elizabeth Walters and Amy Lynn North, and wife Jean Brown North.

Donald graduated from Clinton Community High School, in 1942, and joined the U.S. Marine Corps.  He was the last surviving veteran of 12 Clinton boys, who rode the interurban to Peoria to enlist in the services.  As a tank commander with the 5th Marine Division, he was wounded during the invasion of Iwo Jima and was awarded the Purple Heart.

Donald was employed as an industrial engineer at Borg Warner Corp., in Decatur, retiring in 1989.  He was a lifetime member of the First Church of the Nazarene, Clinton.  He was a former avid golfer.

The family would like to thank Hawthorne Inn, Clinton, and the staff of the progressive unit at Advocate BroMenn Regional Medical Center for providing excellent care during this difficult time.

Visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m. on Saturday, April 7, at the First Church of the Nazarene, Clinton.  Services will follow at 11 a.m. on Saturday, at the church with the Rev. Michael Taylor officiating.  Burial will be at Mausoleum Park Cemetery, Clinton, with military honors.  Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the First Church of the Nazarene, Clinton, Wounded Warrior Project or the Paralyzed Veterans of America.

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